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autolycus BS: Years 'BC' or 'AD' offensive? (112* d) RE: BS: Years 'BC' or 'AD' offensive? 27 Sep 11


We no more need a year zero than we need a 0th January between 31st December and 1st January.

Calendar numbering is different from other numberings.

When our calendar was being constructed in the 6th Century, the zero as a number had not yet arrived in Europe. So Dionysius Exiguus had our calenday go from 1B.C. to 1 A.D., just like in the months example above.


Incidentally, people having used BCE/CE for upwards of only 50 years, it's no wonder the daily wail calls the terms 'obscure'. it's read by the wives of the people who run the country.


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